DOE Invests $61 Million for Smart Buildings that Accelerate Renewable Energy Adoption and Grid Resilience

DOE Invests $61 Million for Smart Buildings that Accelerate Renewable Energy Adoption and Grid Resilience October 14, 2021 The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $61 million for 10 pilot projects that will deploy new technology to transform thousands of homes and workplaces into state-of-the-art, energy-efficient buildings. These Connected…

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25% of all critical infrastructure in the US is at risk of failure due to flooding, new report finds

25% of all critical infrastructure in the US is at risk of failure due to flooding, new report finds October 11, 2021 As a massive investment to repair roads and adapt to climate change faces an uncertain fate in Congress, a new report finds much of the country’s infrastructure is…

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After biking boom, some cities beef up infrastructure

After biking boom, some cities beef up infrastructure Oct. 4, 2021 In mid-September, bicycle advocates and members of the Bill de Blasio administration gathered on the Brooklyn Bridge to celebrate the first reconfiguration of the landmark in more than 70 years. In an event de Blasio called “a symbol of New York…

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Pelosi vows to pass $1T bill, move ahead on larger measure

Pelosi vows to pass $1T bill, move ahead on larger measure Sept. 28, 2021 With President Joe Biden’s broad domestic agenda at risk of collapse, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday vowed that Democrats will pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill this week and push ahead on the bigger $3.5 trillion social safety…

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Massachusetts utilities propose plans to ramp up electric vehicle infrastructure

Massachusetts utilities propose plans to ramp up electric vehicle infrastructure September 21, 2021 Clean transportation advocates are declaring measured support for Massachusetts electric utilities’ proposals to spend $470 million on programs to help the state reach its ambitious goals for electrifying transportation over the next decade. Read more

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Stronger storms may require further hardening of infrastructure

Stronger storms may require further hardening of infrastructure SEPTEMBER 13, 2021 Storms are becoming more severe, meaning Louisiana may need to harden road shoulders and embankments more than it has in response to prior hurricanes, a state Department of Transportation and Development spokesperson says.  Read more

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GOP pressure to block bipartisan infrastructure bill builds in the House

GOP pressure to block bipartisan infrastructure bill builds in the House September 7, 2021 House Republicans could face increased pressure to vote against a bipartisan infrastructure package when they return to Washington later this month with outside groups and conservatives already ramping up the campaign against a $1.2 trillion package they say…

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Global EV sales bounce back from the pandemic, set to hit 14 million vehicles by 2025

Global EV sales bounce back from the pandemic, set to hit 14 million vehicles by 2025

Global EV sales bounce back from the pandemic, set to hit 14 million vehicles by 2025 Energize Weekly, September 8, 2021 Global electric vehicle sales have rebounded from the pandemic with a forecast of reaching 16 percent of all passenger car purchases by 2025, but the pace remains far short…

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Hurricane Ida ravages the Southeast, but New Orleans’ levees hold fast

Hurricane Ida ravages the Southeast, but New Orleans’ levees hold fast Aug. 31, 2021 Following a $14.5 billion upgrade in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the levees surrounding New Orleans that are tasked with protecting the city from another catastrophic flooding incident have held fast in the wake of Hurricane…

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NM could get billions in new federal funding

NM could get billions in new federal funding August 23, 2021 Congress is gearing up to approve the largest federal investments in infrastructure and social programs since the Great Depression in the 1930s, and New Mexico could reap huge benefits. Read more

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Facebook building solar-powered data center in Arizona

Facebook building solar-powered data center in Arizona 8.16.2021 Facebook will build its newest data center in Mesa, Arizona – powered by 100% renewable energy. The social media giant announced a collaborative effort with the City of Mesa, Arizona Commerce Authority, and the Salt River Project to bring three new solar…

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Senate Avoids Solutions on Highway Funding With Another Bailout

Senate Avoids Solutions on Highway Funding With Another Bailout Aug. 10, 2021 Senators allocated more than $100 billion to bail out the Highway Trust Fund in the bipartisan infrastructure bill, pushing off a pain point for lawmakers that have struggled to find a permanent solution of how to pay for…

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Federal cybersecurity defenses not strong enough to protect American data, Senate report warns

Federal cybersecurity defenses not strong enough to protect American data, Senate report warns AUGUST 3, 2021 Federal agencies responsible for safeguarding the security and personal data of millions of Americans have failed to implement basic defenses against cyberattacks, according to a report from Senate investigators released Tuesday. The agencies earned…

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Biden infrastructure deal could create 500,000 manufacturing jobs, business group finds

Biden infrastructure deal could create 500,000 manufacturing jobs, business group finds JULY 27, 2021 A bipartisan infrastructure deal being negotiated in the U.S. Senate could create roughly half a million new manufacturing jobs by 2024, the end of President Biden’s first term, an analysis conducted on behalf of the trade group Association…

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Connecticut launches nine-year effort to build up EV charging infrastructure

Connecticut launches nine-year effort to build up EV charging infrastructure July 19, 2021 The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) approved a nine-year program to support electric vehicle charging infrastructure installation in the state. PURA established a statewide Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Program that provides a combination of incentives for…

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Democrats closing in on deal to unlock massive infrastructure bill

Democrats closing in on deal to unlock massive infrastructure bill 07/12/21 Senate Democrats indicated on Monday that they are close to a deal on a budget resolution that will pave the way for them to pass a sweeping, multi-trillion infrastructure bill along party lines later this year. Read more

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Do cities devote too much space to parking? Some are changing the rules

Do cities devote too much space to parking? Some are changing the rules Jul 6, 2021 For urban planners, parking rules established decades ago have become a contentious 21st-century challenge. Parking takes up about one-third of land area in U.S. cities; nationwide, there are an estimated eight parking spaces for…

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New York City Department Of Environmental Protection Partners With Arcadis To Drive City-Wide Resilience

New York City Department Of Environmental Protection Partners With Arcadis To Drive City-Wide Resilience June 21, 2021 Arcadis today announced its partnership with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to launch a $53 million program designed to engage property owners across the city with resiliency measures that improve local and…

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Less state debt, but a ‘lost decade’ for U.S. infrastructure spending, S&P finds

Less state debt, but a ‘lost decade’ for U.S. infrastructure spending, S&P finds June 15, 2021 Most U.S. states took on less debt during the COVID-19 pandemic, continuing a years-long stretch of deleveraging, according to a report published Friday from credit rating agency, Standard & Poor’s. But an emphasis on…

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White House expands investment ban on Chinese tech and telecom companies

White House expands investment ban on Chinese tech and telecom companies June 3, 2021 The Biden administration has replaced and expanded Trump-era restrictions on investing in certain Chinese firms deemed supportive of that country’s surveillance and military apparatus. Major tech, space and telecom companies are listed in the initial 59…

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Could Biden infrastructure bill turn Baltimore’s Highway to Nowhere into a city park?

Could Biden infrastructure bill turn Baltimore’s Highway to Nowhere into a city park? By DAN RODRICKS, April 27, 2021 Gov. Larry Hogan and the so-called moderates he treated to crab cakes in Annapolis last week think of infrastructure in the most conventional terms — fixing roads and bridges. Hogan is a 20th Century…

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GOP senator says Republicans will have infrastructure counteroffer by the end of week

GOP senator says Republicans will have infrastructure counteroffer by the end of week BY GRACE SEGERS, APRIL 20, 2021 Republican senators may unveil their counteroffer to President Biden’s infrastructure proposal by the end of this week, Senator Shelley Moore Capito said Tuesday, while the president continues to solicit bipartisan opinions…

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7 Big Winners From Biden’s American Jobs Plan

By Alex Sirois, Apr 6, 2021 President Joe Biden introduced his American Jobs Plan on March 31. The plan outlines $2.251 trillion of estimated spending to improve the country and jobs for Americans. It is divided into four major sectors: infrastructure at home, transportation infrastructure, research and development (R&D), workforce development and manufacturing, and…

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Biden Looking to Big Infrastructure Spending Deal

By Ken Bredemeier March 23, 2021   With money from the $1.9 trillion U.S. coronavirus relief deal beginning to course through the world’s biggest economy, President Joe Biden’s economic advisers are preparing an even bigger economic stimulus, a possible $3 trillion package to repair the country’s aging infrastructure and — they…

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What’s Next on Biden’s Agenda? Signs Point to Infrastructure Overhaul

BY RYAN CHATELAIN NATIONWIDE PUBLISHED 1:46 PM ET MAR. 09, 2021   With his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package on the verge of passing, President Joe Biden will soon turn his attention to his next major legislative endeavor.   While the White House isn’t saying yet what that will be, it is widely believed…

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Roads, transit and tech: How Buttigieg plans to localize the federal transportation agenda

DANIEL MOORE, Post-Gazette Washington Bureau Feb, 22, 2021   In January 2020, presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg stood before an audience of U.S. mayors and repeated his call for a “Pittsburgh summit” on climate to find solutions to the most pressing challenges in infrastructure, climate change, housing and education.   Read…

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San Diego’s Infrastructure Deficit Is Really a Stormwater Deficit

Andrew Keatts, February 8, 2021 The infrastructure deficit that has hung over San Diego politics for years without meaningful intervention is perhaps better understood as a stormwater deficit. Eight years ago, Mayor Todd Gloria, then Council president, pledged to craft an infrastructure-focused ballot measure for the 2016 ballot, to address the…

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Facing “grim” outlook, construction industry awaits Biden infrastructure plan

Amy Scott, Feb 1, 2021   While emergency COVID-19 relief is hung up in Congress, the Biden administration is expected to unveil details of a longer-term economic recovery plan this month, focused on infrastructure. The plan would invest some $2 trillion over four years to build and repair roads, bridges…

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Groundbreaking Answer to Decaying Infrastructure

Tue, January 5, 2021 Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, like many jurisdictions around the country, needs billions of dollars to repair decaying infrastructure. Of urgent concern are structurally endangered pilings – the columns that hold up highways, bridges, piers, pipes, even buildings. One contractor in Houma charged with repairing a vulnerable water pumping station…

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SolarWinds Hack Infected Critical Infrastructure, Including Power Industry

Kim Zetter, December 24 2020   The hacking campaign that infected numerous government agencies and tech companies with malicious SolarWinds software has also infected more than a dozen critical infrastructure companies in the electric, oil, and manufacturing industries who were also running the software, according to a security firm conducting investigations…

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Global energy efficiency gains slow in 2020, hobbled by coronavirus pandemic

Global energy efficiency gains slow in 2020, hobbled by coronavirus pandemic

Energize Weekly, December 16, 2020 Energy efficiency gains slowed to their lowest level in a decade in 2020, and feeling the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, energy efficiency investment is projected to be down 9 percent year-on-year to $227 billion in 2020, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).…

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New York Mayor de Blasio seeks to end the use of oil and gas in large buildings

New York Mayor de Blasio seeks to end the use of oil and gas in large buildings

Energize Weekly, February 12, 2020 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking aim at fossil fuels seeking to end the use of natural gas and oil in large buildings and banning the development of oil and gas infrastructure in the city. Other initiatives include switching the municipal feet…

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Companies join global effort to set science-based emission targets for their operations

Companies join global effort to set science-based emission targets for their operations

Energize Weekly, December 11, 2019 Nearly 700 companies around the world are moving to adopt “science-based targets” for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions with 40 percent already having plans in place, according to the non-profit and governmental groups sponsoring the initiative. The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) – a collaboration…

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U.S. market for ‘smart home’ devices to triple to $75 billion by 2025

U.S. market for ‘smart home’ devices to triple to $75 billion by 2025

Energize Weekly, September 25, 2019 The U.S. market for “smart home” devices will more than triple by 2025, reaching $75 billion, according to data analytics company GlobalData. The growth will be driven by the increased use of smart thermostats, which consumers see as an energy-saving device and utilities as one…

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Seattle’s grid could be overwhelmed by ambitious plans for electric trucks and buses

Seattle’s grid could be overwhelmed by ambitious plans for electric trucks and buses

Energize Weekly, September 18, 2019 Seattle’s ambitious plans for electrifying the city’s transportation sector could destabilize the metropolitan area’s electric grid by the addition of large numbers of electric trucks and buses, a study finds. The study by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) in collaboration with Seattle City Light offers…

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Climate-driven weather events pose a risk to municipal bonds, commercial real estate and utilities, BlackRock says

Climate-driven weather events pose a risk to municipal bonds, commercial real estate and utilities, BlackRock says

Energize Weekly, April 24, 2019 Among the economic threats posed by climate change are risks to municipal bonds, commercial real estate investments and the utility sector, according to an analysis by BlackRock and the Rhodium Group. “Our work with Rhodium Group shows a rising share of U.S. metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) will…

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